James Bateman

James Bateman. Dorchester County Sheriff's Office/Provided

A former Summerville police lieutenant and Cane Bay High School instructor was arrested Wednesday and accused of embezzling money from the police department, authorities said.

James Michael Bateman Sr., 52, faces a charge of breach of trust with fraudulent intent involving $2,000 or less, a misdemeanor, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

Between 2012 and 2013, an arrest affidavit alleged, Bateman deposited two checks totaling $1,500 from the police department's Cadet Post bank account into his personal account.

A partnership between Summerville and Boy Scouts of America, the program is a chance for youth to get experience in safe police service activities under the mentoring of officers and civilian volunteers, a town website said.

Police officials had asked SLED to investigate.

Bateman retired in 2016 after officials discovered that he had sent the state's Criminal Justice Academy a fraudulent road test for an officer's recertification in 2015, according to employment records provided by the academy. He said he faked the test because the officer had failed to take the test in time and Bateman was scheduled to be hospitalized, documents said. 

A page on Cane Bay High School's website that was taken down Thursday had described Bateman as an instructor for the school's law enforcement academy.

Katie Orvin Tanner, spokeswoman for the Berkeley County School District, said the charge against Bateman is not related to his employment with the district. She did not immediately comment on his current employment status. 

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